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Five Thoughts on OSU’s Spring Game Roster/Details

This spring game will pit Spencer vs. Shane.



Oklahoma State’s spring game is just days away, and now we know a little more about what to expect.

On Tuesday, OSU released more details about Saturday’s spring football exhibition, including complete rosters for both sides. Since we are in full-blown offseason mode, I thought I’d dig into the details and share five of the first thoughts that came to mind.

1. The Orange Team Is Stacked

As we’ve seen in the past, the Cowboys will be divided up into an Orange team and a Black team. At first peek, I might put my greenbacks on the former.

Spencer Sanders will be the Orange team QB1, and he’ll have a pair of dynamic targets to throw to in Tay Martin and Brennan Presley. Taking handoffs will be LD Brown and Dominic Richardson. Have mercy.

The good news is that OSU is deep enough in experienced playmakers on defense that it should be tough to score on either team. And then you remember that it’s the spring game, and you toss all logic out of the window. Let’s just hope for an entertaining game.

2. Spencer vs. Shane

It was absolutely crucial to pit Spencer Sanders and Shane Illingworth against each other.

There is little question who should be the actual QB1 once the season kicks off in the fall, but this friendly competition will give fans plenty to talk about — especially if the Black teams runs it up on the Orange squad.

3. Green Twins Split Up

This will be fans’ first chance to see freshmen receivers (and twin brothers) Blaine and Bryson Green, and OSU divvied them up on the Orange and Black teams, respectively.

Bryson is OSU’s top-rated incoming freshman, but Blaine is not far behind him. Either should be #SCTop10 watch on Saturday. And who doesn’t love a little sibling rivalry?

4. Who Will be the Next Spring Game Superstar?

Speaking of buzzworthy newcomers, there always seems to be a playmaker or two that shows out in this exhibition and puts himself on fans’ radars. That may or may not translate to production in the fall, but, like I said, we’re in offseason mode and we’re all a little starved for football content. I’m fully expecting to watch the Gunnar Gundy-to-Jonathan Shepherd deep ball on a continuous loop all summer.

5. I Love the Format

In the past we’ve seen OSU put on more of a practice then a scrimmage for its spring game, but after missing out on last year’s exhibition, Mike Gundy and Co. did the fans a solid this year.

The teams will play two 20-minute halves with regular football rules and stoppages and will break for halftime. They’ll even come out of the tunnel with normal home game fanfare.

More Details

• The game will take place at noon Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium with gates opening at 11 a.m.

• Admission is free, and masks are required.

• The concession stands and restrooms will be open per the usual.

• The Orange team coaching staff will consist of John Wozniak, Jim Knowles, Joe Bob Clements and Tim Duffie. The Black squad will take direction from Kasey Dunn, Tim Rattay, Jason McEndoo, Greg Richmond and Dan Hammershmidt. Gundy will apparently play the role of spectator.

Here’s a look at the full Orange and Black team rosters.

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